14 graduating seniors earn University Honors Program awards

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14 graduating seniors earn University Honors Program awards

Craig Chandler | University Communication

Fourteen graduating seniors have earned awards from the University Honors Program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The Outstanding Honors Leadership Award recognizes an honors graduate who has made the most significant and lasting impact to the Honors Program through their leadership. This year, the award was given to two students: Troy Scheer of Gretna and Lizbeth Daniela Chavez of Grand Island.

The Honors Program collaborated with Nebraska’s undergraduate colleges to recognize an Outstanding Honors Graduate from each college. These seven students were selected based on their contributions to, and involvement with, both the Honors Program and their respective colleges.

Four students were also recognized for outstanding leadership within one of the Honors Program’s registered student organizations: Honors Ambassadors, Honors Program Student Advisory Board, Honors Peer Mentor Leaders and the Dr. Michael W. Combs Honors Scholars.

Finally, two students were recognized with the Honors Resilience Award, which acknowledges Honors Program graduates who have persisted and grown through adversity during their time at Nebraska to achieve at a high level both personally and academically.

Following is a list of Honors Program award winners by hometown. The information includes major(s) and the award won by each student.


  • Blair: Kailynn Jensen, chemistry, Honors Resilience Award
  • Grand Island: Lizbeth Daniela Chavez, art history and criticism, and photography, Outstanding Honors Leadership Award and Combs Honors Scholar
  • Gretna: Troy Scheer, nutrition and health sciences, Outstanding Honors Leadership Award
  • Lincoln: Noha Algahimi, chemical engineering, Outstanding Honors Graduate: College of Engineering; Fatima Al-Sammak, microbiology, Outstanding Honors Peer Mentor Leader
  • Omaha: Alyssa Soppe, music education and Spanish, Outstanding Honors Graduate: Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • West Point: Leigh Jahnke, biological sciences and Spanish, Outstanding Honors Program Student Advisory Board Member


  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: Sawyer Smith, mathematics, Outstanding Honors Graduate: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dawsonville, Georgia: Abbey Haymond, sports media and communications, and advertising and public relations, Outstanding Honors Graduate: College of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Overland Park, Kansas: Antonio Linhart, computer science, Outstanding Honors Ambassador
  • Shawnee, Kansas: Morgan Gurwell, child, youth and family studies, Outstanding Honors Graduate: College of Education and Human Sciences
  • Pierre, South Dakota: Emily Kist, finance, Outstanding Honors Graduate: College of Business
  • Cairo, Egypt: Amr Sobeh, biochemistry, Honors Resilience Award
  • Kigali, Rwanda: Aime Nishimwe, integrated science, Outstanding Honors Graduate: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

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